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Dr. Stephen Yang


Dr. Stephen Yang is a member of the esteemed faculty of the College of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor of Oncology and Surgery and an attendant surgeon at both the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Yang is a graduate of Duke University, where he earned a B.A. in Chemistry. He received his M.D. from the University of Virginia Medical College. Dr. Yang completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Center at Houston. Additionally, Dr. Yang completed a three year fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia Medical College. From there Dr. Yank would complete a three year fellowship in the field of surgical oncology research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Yang has made advances in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma in his research in the field of surgical oncology. The treatment of cancer is truly a field in which advancements occur frequently and rapidly, and Dr. Yang's research has truly been in the frontlines of these advancements. Surgical oncology, and specifically cardiothoracic surgical oncology, is a field in which dramatic advancements have been made in recent years. Building upon the work of Dr. David Sugarbaker of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Yang has made specific advancements in lung resections.

Lung resection and pneumonectomy is a field particularly important to early stage treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma occurs in the thin lining surrounding the lung and often will spread around the lung into the pericardium, which is a similar lining around the heart. Of particular interest to Dr. Yang is the incorporation of robotic surgery in the surgical treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Often these treatments have allowed physicians and surgeon's access to regions of the body where surgery by human hands would otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Important to Dr. Yang's research is the passage of knowledge to the next generation of surgeons and residents. Through all facets of Dr. Yang's research and surgical procedures, Dr. Yang has allowed students and residents access to his work in order to raise awareness in the growing field of surgical oncology and the treatment of malignant mesothelioma.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Physician Profile.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.